American Express reported fourth-quarter consolidated total revenues net of interest expense rose to $9.1 billion from $8.5 billion a year ago, up 7% (9% when adjusted for foreign currency translations). The revenue increase primarily reflected the previously reported gain of $719 million ($453 million after-tax) on the sale of the company’s investment in Concur Technologies. The increase also reflected a rise in cardholder spending and higher net interest income.
Consumers now making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.
Austin-based Mozido has ankled Ron Hynes, the former executive vice president of global prepaid solutions at MasterCard Worldwide, as President Global Markets.
Barclaycard US is going all out to capture the Super Bowl fever with its NFL Extra Points Visa credit card. The exclusive card is offering free Super Bowl tickets and access to NFL experiences.
London-based Tuxedo Money Solutions and Silicon Valley-based i2c have signed a processing agreement for the global prepaid and emerging payments sectors.
By 2020, global mobile biometric market revenues will reach $33.3 billion annually. This includes 4.76 billion biometrically enabled smart mobile devices generating $6 billion in biometric sensor revenue, 4 billion biometric app downloads generating $20 billion in annual revenues from direct purchase and software development fees, and 825 billion biometrically secured payment and non-payment transactions generating $6.8 billion in authentication fees.
Rising star payments innovator PA-based USA Technologies (USAT) rolled-out nationwide new acceptance points for Apple Pay. This immediately adds approximately 200,000 Apple Pay acceptance points.
Silicon Valley-based WePay has become the first payment provider to integrate Google Wallet Instant Buy into its checkout experience. Invoicing platform and WePay partner, InvoiceASAP, was the first to adopt the new service, instantly enabling its more than 200,000 small business customers to accept Google Wallet.
San Jose-based ThreatMetrix has aligned with Data Privacy Day by outlining strategies for businesses to build trust on the Internet through better cybersecurity measures without compromising consumer privacy.
Synovus Bank recently launched a new Mobile Banking App which offers Mobile Deposit, a service that allows customers to make deposits with their smartphones; Pay People, an on-the-go service that allows mobile customers to send money to individuals via an email address or cell number; and Instant Balances, which gives customers the ability to check account balances without logging into their account.
Intuit is releasing a new integration for marketplaces using Stripe for payment processing. This lets independent for-hire workers automate tax reporting via the new QuickBooks Online Self-Employed product. Intuit and Stripe make keeping track of and paying taxes simple through automation. With this new integration, on-demand marketplaces can give their users the free benefit of having their income data flow securely into QuickBooks Online Self-Employed, so that they always have a clear picture of their tax obligations and can easily track deductions, such as business expenses and mileage. This prevents tax penalties and avoiding having to pay any unneeded interest.
MasterCard, the official card of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and the PGA TOUR have teamed to offer contactless payments this year.